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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:57 pm 
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Hi my family is planning a trip to Myrtle Beach next July (June 30-July 7 roughly) as my daughter will be dancing at the MB Convention Center. We are from Kansas City and are not familiar with MB. It will mostly be my husband, son (17), daughter (15) and myself. Approximately 30 other families from our studio will also be going. The dance competition suggests staying at the Sheraton but I would prefer oceanfront and if I can swing it a place with a kitchenette and separate sleeping area from living room. The Sheraton does not appear to be the best answer for us as a result.

When we go to the Gulf Coast we stayed at a 2 bdr 2 bath condo with balcony overlooking beach. Would love something similar. Am looking for advice on where to stay, if there is public transportation to convention center so hubby and son can have car if needed, and any other advice about what to do or see while there. She will be dancing at various times but probably have some free time each day. My guys do play golf (very rec). Would also like to know if we should as a group try to stay near each other or if that is impossible in July. May be able to switch to Sat - Sat but Sun to Sun works better.

Please let me know if I should find my answers somewhere else - I lurked some but haven't found my exact trip described yet.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:13 am 
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Hang in there I am sure someone will chime in with some suggestions. We normally stay in North Myrtle which isn't close to the convention center so I am not much help. However, I would agree with you I wouldn't come to Myrtle Beach and not stay ocean front.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:21 am 
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Hi there, Sunbabymon, and welcome to our message board.

Here are some links to get you started:

The link below lists accommodations in all the Grand Strand Areas. You are interested in the group (left-hand side) that lists Myrtle Beach. On the right hand side, about midway down the page are links to rentals by owners.
http://www.funbeaches.com/condos_rentals.html
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The hotels/condos below are near the Sheraton Convention Ctr, and all of them are oceanfront. For the convenience of a short drive, you might want to choose one from this list.

The Breakers
http://www.breakers.com/

Dayton House
http://www.daytonhouse.com/

Meridian Plaza
http://www.meridianplaza.com/

Carolina Grande
http://www.bluegreenonline.com/explore/ ... esortID=71

Schooner II
http://www.schooner2myrtlebeach.com/contact/directions/

Best Western Plus
http://myrtlebeachbestwestern.com/myrtl ... ceanfront/

Boardwalk Beach Resort
http://www.boardwalkresort.com/
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If you want to stay closer to the Boardwalk, here's a link to the hotels you'll find there. These listings are approximately 2-3 miles from the Sheraton.

http://www.myrtlebeach.com/blog/post/10 ... boardwalk/

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For information about the Boardwalk:
http://www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com/

I know that planning this vacation is bound to be confusing for you, but everyone here on the board loves MB and we'll all try to be as helpful as we can. Don't worry about asking too many questions. Your first priority is finding a hotel that matches you family needs. Research the suggestions above for prices and reviews.
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As far as July 4th is concerned, it is THE busiest day at the beach. However, there is a lot to do. You should check out both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. You'll find 4th of July fireworks at both places as well as in many other locations in this area.

http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com/

http://www.bflanding.com/

Hope this helps!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:42 am 
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Hi, Sunbabymom! You're coming to the absolute prime tourist season along the Grand Strand. Since you've never been to the area, let me warn you about accommodation prices if it's of any concern to you. Since you stated that you're comfortable in an oceanfront two bedroom condo, I'll recommend staying at the Caribbean Resort which is really close to the convention center (roughly 10 blocks). You can check out their website at www.caribbeanresort.com I will assume that it will be about $3000/week for your stay. Also, you can check out accommodations via www.vrbo.com as well as homeaway.com We've all used these sites and have had great results as the individual condo owners are cheaper than the resorts' websites.

I strongly suggest you try to book as soon as you possibly can. As I mentioned, you're coming at the absolute peak of the season and rooms will be hard to come by the longer you wait. Cheers!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:37 pm 
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Hi, Sunbabymom! You're coming to the absolute prime tourist season along the Grand Strand. Since you've never been to the area, let me warn you about accommodation prices if it's of any concern to you. Since you stated that you're comfortable in an oceanfront two bedroom condo, I'll recommend staying at the Caribbean Resort which is really close to the convention center (roughly 10 blocks). You can check out their website at http://www.caribbeanresort.com I will assume that it will be about $3000/week for your stay. Also, you can check out accommodations via http://www.vrbo.com as well as homeaway.com We've all used these sites and have had great results as the individual condo owners are cheaper than the resorts' websites.

I strongly suggest you try to book as soon as you possibly can. As I mentioned, you're coming at the absolute peak of the season and rooms will be hard to come by the longer you wait. Cheers!!!


Wow, I may have to realign my expectations. Was not planning to spend $3,000 for lodging. Thank you, however, that gives me an idea of what to expect.

I should add that we normally avoid peak periods for that very reason (we are budget conscious and also prefer to go when it's not so crowded). When we went to the Gulf, we went in August. When we went to Ocean City MD (years ago) we went in June (before some schools were out back East). When we went to Disney, we went in October. When I went on a cruise I went in early December (do you see a trend LOL).

How far of a drive is it, and how bad will it be, if we end up staying further north? I don't mind not being near the Boardwalk. When we stayed in Ocean City MD, we stayed north (I believe) and just drove in and did the Boardwalk one night.

Also, if we do opt to stay at the Sheraton (assuming they still have availability), how far is it from the ocean? Is it walking or driving? Do you do things like beach tags?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:48 pm 
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patrish wrote:
Hi there, Sunbabymon, and welcome to our message board.

Here are some links to get you started:

The link below lists accommodations in all the Grand Strand Areas. You are interested in the group (left-hand side) that lists Myrtle Beach. On the right hand side, about midway down the page are links to rentals by owners.
http://www.funbeaches.com/condos_rentals.html
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The hotels/condos below are near the Sheraton Convention Ctr, and all of them are oceanfront. For the convenience of a short drive, you might want to choose one from this list.

The Breakers
http://www.breakers.com/

Dayton House
http://www.daytonhouse.com/

Meridian Plaza
http://www.meridianplaza.com/

Carolina Grande
http://www.bluegreenonline.com/explore/ ... esortID=71

Schooner II
http://www.schooner2myrtlebeach.com/contact/directions/

Best Western Plus
http://myrtlebeachbestwestern.com/myrtl ... ceanfront/

Boardwalk Beach Resort
http://www.boardwalkresort.com/
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If you want to stay closer to the Boardwalk, here's a link to the hotels you'll find there. These listings are approximately 2-3 miles from the Sheraton.

http://www.myrtlebeach.com/blog/post/10 ... boardwalk/

~~~~~~~~~~~~
For information about the Boardwalk:
http://www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com/

I know that planning this vacation is bound to be confusing for you, but everyone here on the board loves MB and we'll all try to be as helpful as we can. Don't worry about asking too many questions. Your first priority is finding a hotel that matches you family needs. Research the suggestions above for prices and reviews.
~~~~~~~
As far as July 4th is concerned, it is THE busiest day at the beach. However, there is a lot to do. You should check out both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. You'll find 4th of July fireworks at both places as well as in many other locations in this area.

http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com/

http://www.bflanding.com/

Hope this helps!


I am starting to feel like I should have done this months ago. :icon_smile: Or opted not to go. Not sure which. :???: Is there public transportation, and how does it work? (Regular bus runs up to convention center or only along the broadwalk or nothing at all?) I checked flights and I think we will probably drive (17 hours each way) but not 100% sure, but if we did fly, we would rent a car. I'm just thinking if my husband and son are say golfing, could my daughter & I take a bus up to convention center.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:19 pm 
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Been watching this thread for couple days. Like Deanna most of my experience is in North Myrtle Beach which is maybe 15+ miles north of where you need to be. Just for curiousity sake I looked up our favorite NMB realtor to see what rates would be like that week. 99.9% of their inventory is in NMB but they have a rental in Myrtle Beach. 5600 block which is still a good ways above Convention Center. But. Good news is the rate was $1220 (plus other fees) for your week.

Never used public transportation in MB. Always heard it leaves a lot to be desired. If going with a group maybe Hub and son could hook up with another father or two and hit the golf course with them leaving car with you and daughter.

Might research Google or other map sites and get an idea of layout of MB and surrounding beach sections. It's not a small area like the beach towns along the Gulf or Ocean City. There's another site call SkyTour that has a birdseye view of all the oceanfront property along the Grand Strand. It would give you a good idea of what to expect.

As others have already mentioned it will be busier that week than anyother week of the year. It would be a nightmare with young kids but the ages of your kids they would have a blast.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:45 pm 
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The Sheraton is only two to three blocks from the beach (half a mile or so). Sadly, Myrtle Beach is NOT a pedestrian friendly city. You really should have a car. Taxis are ridiculously expensive and I'm not familiar with any other forms of public transportation.

I know it's probably a shock for you to see the price of lodging. However, there are cheaper hotels in the area. I mentioned only one, The Caribbean Resort. Your cost will depend upon amenities offered at the resort or hotel. I'll throw out a few more hotel websites for you to look into. Your best bet is to get on mapquest, type in the address of the convention center then click on local hotels/motels. Traffic will be insane so I'll say this: it can take over an hour to go ten miles!!

www.palmsresort.com

www.meridianplaza.com

www.thecoralbeach.com

I can also mention one non-resort type hotel but it still is a totally decent place. The South Seas Motel the phone number is (843) 448-5187

It's located at 1007 South Ocean Blvd which would probably be a twenty minute drive to the convention center for you. Cheers!!

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Been watching this thread for couple days. Like Deanna most of my experience is in North Myrtle Beach which is maybe 15+ miles north of where you need to be. Just for curiousity sake I looked up our favorite NMB realtor to see what rates would be like that week. 99.9% of their inventory is in NMB but they have a rental in Myrtle Beach. 5600 block which is still a good ways above Convention Center. But. Good news is the rate was $1220 (plus other fees) for your week.

Never used public transportation in MB. Always heard it leaves a lot to be desired. If going with a group maybe Hub and son could hook up with another father or two and hit the golf course with them leaving car with you and daughter.

Might research Google or other map sites and get an idea of layout of MB and surrounding beach sections. It's not a small area like the beach towns along the Gulf or Ocean City. There's another site call SkyTour that has a birdseye view of all the oceanfront property along the Grand Strand. It would give you a good idea of what to expect.

As others have already mentioned it will be busier that week than anyother week of the year. It would be a nightmare with young kids but the ages of your kids they would have a blast.


Yes, I actually have some familiarity with East Coast beaches and summer traffic and have voiced a preference to NOT attend this competition here to the studio owner but I believe she has visions of booking a cheap affordable hotel (sometime next spring) and does not fully comprehend what it is like to navigate shore traffic in the peak of the summer. :lol: At one point we lived in S. Jersey just south of a major hwy to the shore and quickly learned not to go near it on summer Saturday, unless we were crossing at a light.

I have tried to do that and think what I need to do is print a map off to refer to while surfing. I can't keep it straight in my head and have to keep popping back and forth between windows. One of my friends thought perhaps we would be okay driving during the morning but it would be ugly on the return trip (the dance would run during the day largely). She stays up north but comes in August, also avoiding the crazy Fourth period.

So in my latest surfing I clicked on the Condo-Lux (Atlantica?). Any advice regarding it? I think we will be fine with the car we have (crossover) although I do not want to park it from the description of some of those garages. We will just have to wait on them at dance comp or hitch a ride with someone else. I was just hoping we could hop on a bus fairly easily if need be. I am guessing we will have to pay to park at the convention center daily? So one more stupid question, if we stay at the Sheraton, do we drive down to the beach and if so, where do we park? Is it all public or do the resorts have private beaches?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:28 pm 
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phroggy wrote:
The Sheraton is only two to three blocks from the beach (half a mile or so). Sadly, Myrtle Beach is NOT a pedestrian friendly city. You really should have a car. Taxis are ridiculously expensive and I'm not familiar with any other forms of public transportation.

I know it's probably a shock for you to see the price of lodging. However, there are cheaper hotels in the area. I mentioned only one, The Caribbean Resort. Your cost will depend upon amenities offered at the resort or hotel. I'll throw out a few more hotel websites for you to look into. Your best bet is to get on mapquest, type in the address of the convention center then click on local hotels/motels. Traffic will be insane so I'll say this: it can take over an hour to go ten miles!!
Cheers!!


Clearly I will be stocking up on alcohol (the classic joke for dancemoms is coffee at breakfast, diet coke at lunch and margaritas at dinner). :drinkin: I knew it would be spendy just was dreaming of/hoping for a nice place, and around $200/night ($1500 a week instead of $3000).

We can stay in a hotel room with just a fridge if we must, but with teen kids (often up late) and one with a dance schedule it would help tremendously to have a separate living and sleeping area.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:12 pm 
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Another wrinkle for your plans. Summer rentals are either Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. Dates in your original post might be some overlap. Might have to have backup plan for a couple nights off the beach in a motel.

I was looking at Elliott Realty site. Never knew they had an office in Myrtle Beach. (Myrtle and North Myrtle are two seperate towns)
2 bedroom condo I came across is at Ocean Forest in 5600 block of Ocean Blvd in MB. Looked at it closer. Complex is oceanfront but units are oceanview. Might be able to see the ocean from the unit but might not be as good as sitting on balconey right on the beach.

It would be far enough north of the "strip" the traffic wouldn't be all that bad. Closer you stay to Boardwalk and Skywheel etc..... the more traffic at night. Big draw to the area for vacationers and cruisers during evening hours. Not bad during the day but 7:00 to midnite traffic is gridlock. Street and sidewalks....
5600 block would be quick hop out to Business 17 and drive south to Convention Center missing traffic along the "strip".


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I am fairly certain that you can get a 2 bedroom much cheaper than $3,000. It may not be your top of the line resort but nice places are out there. We always vacation in North Myrtle the second week of July (still peak season) and we rent a nice 4 bedroom condo through VRBO for less than $3,000. You may have to travel a few miles to the convention center, but it would be worth it to spend a week in Myrtle Beach. Don't give up hope yet :lol:

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There are public beach access parking lots at almost every block. There are no private beaches in Myrtle Beach, Surfside, North Myrtle Beach or Garden City. I think, though, that there are parking meters so keep that in mind. Again, I do not recommend walking from the convention center to the beach. It's not a pedestrian friendly city.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:51 am 
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Here are a couple other options if you are looking outside the downtown area.

Check the ebay listings for Myrtle Beach. For instance:
http://tinyurl.com/av5vwa6

Our message board member Missingthebeach shared this "rent from timeshare owners" link awhile back:
http://roamba.com/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:27 am 
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Most properties are condo's, there are a number of smaller hotels and motels left w/kitchenettes. 2 bedroom condo's can be had for $175-250 a night. By the way you can rent a 2 bedroom condo in a real condo building, not a resort, for $650-800 for a week.

For $3,000 you can rent a 5-7 bedroom house with 4+ baths and a pool on the beach for the week, a bit further south in Surfside Beach or Garden City Beach, 15-20 minutes drive to the Convention Center.

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